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Running wires from the cockpit

Any advise on running wires through the pedestal or binnacle for a chart plotter/ depth sounder. The autopilot currently is wired through the pedestal but it seems like an awful place for more wires to get hung up on the chain, etc.
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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

We have a chartplotter in a pod mounted on the binnacle and run the wires up through the binnacle tubing not the pedestal.
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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

I just ran my chartplotter wires through the pedestal tubing. It was a bit of a trial, to be honest - probably took about a day. Drilling holes in the stainless is the hard bit. Use good titanium drills, at a low speed, with plenty of pressure, and water as the coolant.

PS, apparently you CAN cut the end off an NMEA 2000 cable, and solder it back together (used adhesive heat shrink so should be fine) and it still works. If you don't like that solution, there are field-installable terminations.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

Ditto... the only wire running up my actual pedestal is the drive for the autopilot and the compass light. Everything else goes through the tubes.

TIG welding wire rod (pieces, not rolls) make good (but shortish) fishtapes to pull the wire (or a messenger line) through.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

Thank you all for the input.

Next questionis: where is the best place to drill the tubing?
I have the chart plotter on a moveable mount do I can see it at all angles, thus I could drill anywhere.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

I have three wires run up through my main binnacle tower. There is the power wire for the compass lighting, a Seatalk NG cable for my autopilot control head, and the drive wire for the auto pilot. The wires are zip tied tightly to some loops in the upper brake bracket and run down behind the cable end bracket at the bottom. They are pulled tight so they sit away from the chain and cables. If I wanted to run more wires this way I think that I'd put some "smurf tube" (wiring conduit, easily found at a hardware store) or piece of flexible PVC pipe to run the tubes through keeping them away from the steering hardware.

My MFD cable, another Seatalk NG cable, and the transducer cable run through the pedestal tubes. It's a tight fit getting all three into 1" tubing, and I have to do it in a specific order (I also had to cut a video connector that I'll never use off of my MFD wiring harness). In my case the mount is fixed and the hole is aligned to go into the pod that holds the MFD.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

So I went to the boat and got underneath the pedestal area for a look around before I drilled the holes in the guard. I found that there are no holes in the cockpit floor where the pedestal guard tubes sit. Only a single stud with a washer and nut. Am I missing something?

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

Bummer... Must have a different style guard. Our tubes pass thru the deck so we have two full bore holes for access.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

My boat only has one of the holes bored. The feet come without holes bored, and they can be added. The feet look like this:
Stainless Pedestal Guard Mounting Feet - pair [310ST-100-125] - $66.00 : Edson Marine Store

Only they are black plastic (they don't list that type anymore). There are two studs, one on either side of the foot, and the center doesn't have a stud. There is a locking screw that comes from the side that goes into a hole in the pedestal. The center of the foot can be drilled through to run the cables.

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Re: Running wires from the cockpit

I removed the old pedestal guard and replaced with a new angled on for our chartplotter navpod and instrument navpod

Edson Guard Feet Kit

The holder "feet" require you have two studs drilled with backing washers/ You can additionall drill a CENTER hole for wires through the deck, A rubber gasket is supplied to insure water tight fit when you screw down the foot holder to the deck. ( add 4200 too)
We ran all our wires up the tubes of the pedestal guard ( radar through one tube) ( Seatalk NG, Stero Remote thorugh the other)


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